[Athen] Blackboard Ally

Christopher Phillips Christopher.Phillips at usu.edu
Wed Sep 6 10:02:35 PDT 2017

We are using Ally as well with Canvas. It does a great job of providing feedback to faculty and facilitating the remediation of a number of accessibility fixes. We do have concerns that some of the feedback they provide to faculty will be difficult for some faculty to resolve, but as Amy mentioned they are continually rolling out improvements.

We have generally been pleased with the alternative formats that the tool automatically provides. Recognizing of course that there are limits to how much can be remediated automatically, I have been pleasantly surprised at how good of a job the tool does at automatically recognizing and tagging certain types of content such as tables, equations, headings, etc…

Christopher Phillips
Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Coordinator
Center for Innovative Design and Instruction
Utah State University

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu> on behalf of "Rovner, Amy" <arovner at shoreline.edu>
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Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 10:28 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Blackboard Ally


We are currently using Ally on our campus and I’m happy to discuss it with you. Short story – it’s great for faculty and students. Improvements are still rolling out regularly and it keeps getter better and better.

Feel free to contact me.


Amy Rovner, MPH RD
Instructional Designer
Accessible IT Coordinator
eLearning Services
Shoreline Community College
(206) 546-6937
arovner at shoreline.edu

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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Sharon M Trerise
Sent: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 6:50 AM
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Subject: [Athen] Blackboard Ally

Does anyone have experience and can comment on using Blackboard Ally with faculty? I am also interested in comments about the “accessible versions” that it creates.

Thank you.


Sharon Trerise | IT Analyst - Accessibility
Information Technology Services
1-234 CST
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York 13244
t 315.443.2143 e smtreris at syr.edu<mailto:smtreris at syr.edu> w its.syr.edu<http://its.syr.edu>

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